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20 of the World’s Weirdest Endangered Species

By Ecoist in Animals & Habitats, Featured Articles, Nature & Ecosystems

Like much of the futuristic green building designs and great green architecture of today, the ugly
redheaded stepchildren of the animal kingdom don’t get much attention compared to the perennial
endangered animal favorites like pandas, polar bears, and owls. These are the cute, majestic, and
otherwise emblematic creatures of the endangered species list. But there are hundreds more animal
species on our wondrous planet that are critically threatened and need both publicity and support. From
bats the size of bees to poison-slinging mammals, lizards that don’t eat for a decade to seals with giant
inflatable faces, here are the 25 strangest, most bizarre, unusual and important endangered species
living on the “EDGE” (Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally Endangered).

Images: top left, bottom left, right

1. Solenodon

No, it’s not an ROUS. The strange solenodon is a mammal found primarily in Cuba and Hispanola.
Sure, it looks cute and manageable enough – sort of like an over-sized hedgehog. Too bad the
solenodon injects rattlesnake-like venom through its teeth, the only mammal to do so. Easily annoyed,
the solenodon bites at the drop of a banana leaf. Still, being both a carrion feeder and insectivore, it is a
vital species in its ecosystem. It was thought to be extinct until scientists found a few still alive in 2003.
It is in grave danger of extinction.
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2. Kakapo

This is not only the rarest, but the strangest parrot in the world. Imagine a rather portly nocturnal bird
that never flies, preferring to hike through hilly forest for miles every night. It weighs in as the heaviest
parrot in the world at 8 pounds. Imagine this and you have the very real (but virtually extinct) kakapo.
A resident of New Zealand, which is home to a number of rare birds, there are only 62 kakapos
remaining on earth. (Bonus fact: New Zealand is full of unusual creatures. It originally had no native
land mammals, so its many unique birds evolved in unusual ways – which unfortunately has made
them very vulnerable to mammals that were brought in during European colonization.)
Image

Images: left, middle, bottom


3. Angler Fish

Some guys just can’t catch a break. The male angler fish is 1/20th the size of the female angler fish.
The huge, traumatizingly ugly spiny fish with the glowing “fishing rod” lure you saw in Finding
Nemo? That’s the female. The male is that tiny little blob attached to his horrific goddess that you
never noticed. He burrows in with his teeth and she “feeds” him ex-utero style until he eventually loses
his eyeballs, then internal organs and finally his life. By then, she’s got his sperm so it doesn’t matter.
Anglers are deep-sea fish, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe from threat. Go on, have another look at
these lovely ladies of the deep:

Image: Tino Mauricio, Herp-Pix

4. Leaping Lesbian Lizards!

Officially named Cnemidophorus uniparens, these American desert lizards reproduce despite the fact
that they’re all female. Interestingly, some of them simulate sexual acts (above, left) with each other
just like male and female lizards, and it’s been discovered that when they do they reproduce more
successfully than their abstemious sisters.
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5. The Kiwi

Everyone knows the beloved endangered kiwi is a flightless bird. As if to make up for its winged
impotence, the kiwi is actually a violent, temperamental little bird. But its quirks don’t stop there. The
only bird with whiskers is also distinctly dog-like in its ability to sniff out food and threats. In fact, it
has the most highly developed sense of smell of any bird, lifting its “nose” (beak) into the breeze to
determine its surroundings, just like a dog would. That’s probably because kiwis are also the only bird
to have prominent nostrils. Contrary to popular belief, the kiwi does have wings, but they are tiny and
difficult to detect under the loose, fluffy, hair-like feathers. The kiwi has many other unusual
characteristics: the eggs are relatively huge, being one-fifth the bird’s weight; kiwi pairs mate for life –
as long as 30 years – but tend to have feisty relationships; the females are larger and more dominant
than the males. In fact, daddy kiwis incubate the young while mom hunts – for an unheard-of 80 days,
no less. Did you know that kiwis are the smallest ratites on earth? Other ratites include ostrich and emu.

Images: 1, 2, 3

6. Olm

This unusual amphibian is blind, lives to 100, and goes ten years at a stretch without food. It lives in
the subterranean waters of Italy, Croatia and Herzegovenia, where it skeeves out the locals with its
strange, human-like skin. Its nickname, in fact, is the “human fish”. Unlike most amphibians, the olm
lives in the water for its whole life. Another oddity of the olm: its neotenic (larval) gills.

Image: 1, 2

7. Bumblebee Bat

Winning the cutest. bat. ever. award is the Bumblebee bat, which at its largest measures 1 inch. These
tiny mammals hover like hummingbirds and like all bats prefer caves and love feasting on insects.
They can easily perch on the tip of your thumb. This tiny bat dwells in Thailand and is considered one
of the 12 most endangered species. There are fewer than 200 remaining.

Image: Dani Jeski

8. Aye Aye
Sharing something in common with bats, aye ayes are the only primates of the mammal world to rely
on echolocation for hunting. The aye aye is a rather unusual cousin of us humans. It lives in spherical
nests with a small hole for entry and exit. It uses its long, slender middle finger to tap on trees in order
to find tasty insects – and it uses this same finger to scoop them out. Perhaps it is due to its unusually-
large eyes and ears that this unique, sensitive primate is believed to be a demon or a bad luck omen. A
native of Madagascar, it is often killed at first notice by the island’s superstitious residents.

Image

9. Hooded Seal

Males of this arctic seal species have both an inflatable skull hood and nasal balloon. When aroused,
angered or simply showing off, male hooded seals can inflate their sacs that are a foot or more in
diameter. The nasal balloon can be inflated through one or both nostrils and is bright red.
Unfortunately, due to global warming affecting the arctic environment, hooded seals are now
considered by many scientists to be endangered.
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10. Echidna

The echidna is one of two egg-laying mammals in the world (the other is the famous duck-billed
platypus). Though it looks a big hedgehog-like, this spiky creature is shy and non-confrontational. The
echidna has a long, moist snout and an even longer tongue which it uses to feast on termites. It has no
teeth, so it has to “chew” termites by crushing them between its tongue and mouth cavity. There are
actually 4 species of echidna, and along with the platypus, they are the only monotremes. More on that
in a moment.
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11. Monito Del Monte

The “little mountain monkey” of South America is not a monkey, but rather a marsupial, thought to
have arrived from Australia long ago. It’s tiny – only about 5″ full grown. They are nocturnal and
carnivorous, and famous (well, among scientists) for their unusual tail, which can store enough fat to
make this little pipsqueak double in size. This allows them to go for long periods without food. Sadly,
the always-prepared monito del monte is in danger of extinction.
Image: D. Houston

12. The penguin with glowing yellow eyes

The yellow-eyed penguin, also native to New Zealand, is the rarest and strangest penguin in the world.
It can dive to an astounding depth of 400 feet, likes to feed 20 miles from shore, and prefers to nest in
the forest rather than on the beach. Penguin families tend to keep to themselves rather than congregate
as most penguins do. Because of shoreline deforestation, these unusual-looking penguins are at great
risk.

Image
13. Duck-Billed Platypus

It’s venomous. It’s got a duck’s bill, and otter’s feet and a mammal’s body. Oh, and it lays eggs. No
wonder Western naturalists were confused by the platypus when it was first introduced. The platypus,
along with the echidna, is a monotreme (egg-laying mammal). It’s native to Australia and Tasmania
where it was hunted to near-extinction during the 1800s for its fur, but has been protected since the turn
of the 20th century. Thought officially a protected species, the platypus is at risk because of poaching.
(In future posts we will explore the varying classifications of “endangered” and some of the associated
controversy and disputes.)

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14. Ghost Frog

The flat-bodied ghost frog has special adaptations to allow it to inhabit rapid streams in South Africa
(as well as Skeleton Gorge, likely the reason for its spooky moniker). The young have disc-like mouths
to for a suction-like grip and adults have specialized disc-like toe pads to cling to rocks in the rushing
water.
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15. Purple Frog

The purple frog is really purple. But its brilliant hue is not the strange thing about it. The purple frog
spends much of the year living 13 feet below ground. Also called the pignose for its snubbed nose, this
western Indian-dwelling frog was only discovered in 2003, in Kerala. Locals had known about the
purple frog for years, but scientists were skeptical. Part of the reason purple frogs were difficult to find
was simply due to the fact that they only come up for air for two weeks during monsoon season in
order to mate.
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16. Dugong

The dugong is a cousin of the manatee and is closely related to the elephant. The dugong is unique in
that it has a split (whale-like) tail and will “perch” underwater on its tail in order to keep its head above
water. The dugong is thought to have inspired ancient myths about mermaids. The dugong is threatened
by poachers who hunt the animal for its meat, oil, skin and bones. It is extremely endangered.
Image

17. Spring Hare

The bizarre spring hare had taxonomists scratching their heads for years. It’s been classified with
jerboas (jumping rodents), squirrels and even porcupines. It’s now classified on its own, and it
resembles both a kangaroo and hare. It has specialized short limbs with claws for digging as well as
flexible ear flaps that can be used to seal off the ear canal to protect against the elements and debris.
It’s also got a funny resting position that looks a lot like the yoga Dolphin post: it stretches its long hind
legs forward and then rests its head and arms directly on the ground

18. Sumatran Rabbit

That’s not really its name; it doesn’t have one. Meet the rarest rabbit in the world, which has only been
seen twice in the last century at least. Locals didn’t even know it existed. The “Sumatran rabbit” is
thought to be nearly extinct. (Note: there are very few available images of this incredibly rare animal,
and most are grainy at best – click here to view.)
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19. Sloth

The sloth belongs to the edentate family, which also includes anteaters, armadillos, and echidnas. Most
edentates are either threatened or endangered species. There are a number of unusual facts about the
sloth. All sloths have three toes, but “two-toed” sloths only have 2 claws. Sloths often hunt in packs.
They can actually move quickly and will slash with their large claws – the slow-moving behavior is to
avoid predators like hawks. They actually hang most of their lives. Sloths typically have over 600
species of bacteria, plants and animals living on them at any given time, and will often feed on
themselves when they are hungry. (Algae is the main snack.) Famously, these unusual creatures can
rotate their heads 270 degrees. Lore has it that sloths adore beer and are able to “hold their liquor”
amazingly well.
20. Choose

There are so many endangered and threatened animal species in the world it is hard to just pick twenty.
So, go ahead and read through lists of more and decide for yourself what the strangest is then drop back
by and leave a comment with your thoughts. Who knows, maybe the semi-aquatic hairless ape should
make the list.

Sources: About.com, BBC, National Geographic, Edge of Existence, Animal Info

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• bill
August 24th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

That was a good post until I reached the idiotic commentary at the end… [rolling eyes]
• Joseph Raglione
August 24th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Hi!

Your educational endangered animal web site is excellent. Keep up the great work and welcome to the
world humanitarian peace and ecology movement!
Signed: Joseph Raglione
Executive director.
• Ajdica
August 25th, 2008 at 4:47 am

The Olm (cave salamander or Proteus) is native to a specific part of southern Europe (Italy, Slovenia,
Croatia and Herzegovina) where it lives in caves – the cause of it’s blindedness. Slovenes are also
proud to be the only ones to have the black Proteus, i just had to fill in the missing info;)
• Paul
August 25th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Echidnas are quite common over all of Australia and part of New Guinea, they weigh about 2-3Kg and
are about the size of a Basketball when rolled up into their defensive position, they usually go straight
down when disturbed and can disapear into the ground quite quickly.
Platypus are also common but mainly on the coastal side of the Great Dividing Range from the tropics
to South Australia and Tasmania, As far as I know there is only on species but it occurs as different
sized animals over its range. I think habitat destruction and fragmentation would be the main problem,
along with illegal fish netting (not usually called poaching in Aus). Anyone visiting Cairns can see
them easily by taking a trip to Atherton and going to Platypus Park, its just a public park with a little
creek and a viewing platform, free. Beautiful scenery getting there too.
• Bill
August 25th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

…humans are NOT endangered.


Gross distortions and exaggerations make you look foolish
• Hank M.
August 29th, 2008 at 6:29 am

Unlike other of the rather reactionary commenters here, I thought the final entry was cute and
humorous. Except for one thing: the Aquatic Ape hypothesis has been pretty much totally debunked.

Don’t listen to the haters. Keep up the good work!


• namowal
August 29th, 2008 at 8:55 am

Humans are the hairless ape? You obviously never met my brother.
• Bill
August 29th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

@Bill (both)

It seems what’s endagered here – nay, extinct – is your sense of humour.


• Feng
August 29th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

That was fun and informative.

You almost had me at the end there with the aquatic apes.
• Kieran
August 30th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

“The sloth belongs to the edentate family, which also includes anteaters, armadillos, and echidnas.”

Edentata was an order of placental mammals, not a family. Echidnas, being marsupials, were not
included in this classification. Sloths are now classified in the order Xenarthra.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenarthra
• Dan
September 1st, 2008 at 2:55 pm

I agree. Humans are pitiful and disgusting. Some times I wish 3/4 of the population would die.
Especially the religious ones. Then we could finally live in peace and one with nature. I think its funny
when people don’t except the fact that we are merely animals. Kudos to the cool article. I think
Australia has a breed of uni-sex lizards too. The females are born with eggs that are already fertilized.
Bye
• Francis
September 1st, 2008 at 8:32 pm

I dont understand the last. Aquatic ape??? Though i be a man of open mindedness, i must ask, why am
considered to be related to the ape? just because we bare such resemblance? That makes no sense. If i
recall correctly….. there is a species of rodent that is related to the elephant (i believe it to be the water
dwelling rodent), and i must say that that makes no sense either. I believe that science took a great idea
and a few facts and started a quest to prove that man came from ape and fails to realize that some
things are a matter that can not be explained so easily as to just say “it happened this way because we
fit MOST of the pieces together”. Is it just me or does anyone else get tired of the whole “man is the
greatest evolution on the earth” thing. when i look up at teh sky i think that there may just be some
things that can not be explained by some moron in a lab jacket with an agenda. This list is nothing if
you really look at what is in danger. Please look further and realize that this list is crap. Did you know
that there are animals that have been discovered through that years that are closer related to monkeys
than monkeys are to man? no you didnt. Go out. Get eduacated. I am only saying that it is awsome to
look for your self and find life outside of the house. Go on a trip! GET OUT OF THE FUCKING
CUBICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i did…..and i dont want to kill myself anymore because life
became more than a rat race and it became the discovery of things much large than me. Life is
beautiful……why are you missing it?
• wowey
September 2nd, 2008 at 10:26 pm

I was enjoying this read until I stumbled across your post, Francis. Although I did barely glanced over
your post, I have already decided I want to kick your ass.
• Biplane
September 5th, 2008 at 10:11 am

The selenodon is not the only mammal to secrete venom through it’s teeth, is it? Are there not a
handful of shrew species that do so?
• Biplane
September 5th, 2008 at 10:13 am

By the way, awesome article, fascinating obscure critters.


• Ethel Mould
September 7th, 2008 at 11:14 pm

I found it very interesting and have not ever seen quitea lot of the animals and birds. Really amazing.
• Francis Fucking Sucks
September 9th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Yet another ignorant comment from a pseudo-religious douche bag, most likely american. Read a
REAL evolution book and know that apes are the most similar to us genetically than any other species,
THUS they are our closest relative. Evolutionists believe that we share common ancestors, not that a
few years ago we used to be apes. Dumb fucking cunt.
• Carlos
September 13th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

its so sad to find out that this animals are endangered…

I must make a correction:

The Monito del Monte’s name isnt translated as “little mountain monkey” ‘couse this will mean Mono
de la Pequeña Montaña, or, “the monkey of the little mountain”, instead, it should be translated as:
“little monkey of the mountain” to apply is equivalence in english language.
I hope to have made myself clear and have helped to a better understanding of the information.

Best Reggards!
• R
September 30th, 2008 at 9:38 am

If you count the threat of nuclear war, then I’d consider humans as threatened.
• kieran
September 30th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Great!

But re the platypus – Tasmainia is part of australia


• One redhead with freckles on the side(s)
October 2nd, 2008 at 1:04 am

Interesting article and thanks for the information.

I’m turned off by the “ugy redheaded stepchild” reference, though. Call me oversensitive, but some of
the smartest, most beautiful people I know are redheads. And although our plan is to take ove the
world, I understand that we are endangered, too.

Freckled folk unite against discrimination! We shall overcome!


• One redhead with freckles on the side(s)
October 2nd, 2008 at 1:12 am

PS I can speak, too, for all the redheads I know in saying that we embrace the Enlightenment and are
proud to be so closely related to such a noble creature as the orangutan (also redheads) and certainly the
wise gorilla and clever chimpanzee.

One last comment – the more one learns of science, the more one is in awe of the complexity and
miracle that is life on Earth. It is a disservice to whatever God you worship to discount the wonder of
this.
• chombo
October 2nd, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Francis should get back on his medication. Might want to read a science book too.
• thepoliticalcat
October 2nd, 2008 at 4:05 pm

The hairless, semi-aquatic ape, far from being endangered, is the primary reason that every other
animal on this list is.
• Nick
October 3rd, 2008 at 8:11 am

Hopefully these species will survive man’s stupidity and avarice.


• uppityLiLshht
October 3rd, 2008 at 2:20 pm

It seems as though humans are quite capable of spitting venom, too. This is an awesome page! I learned
a few things about animals I’m familiar with. There were several animals I’d never heard of before.
Keep up the good work.
• paplo
October 4th, 2008 at 6:21 am

About the olm..Herzegovenia? Nice touch. Also, in Postojna, Slovenia, they have a speleological
attraction, including the olm, or manfish, in direct translation.
• paisley
October 7th, 2008 at 11:53 am

omg dees r freaky man 1 of ma m8s luk like like dat duck-billed platypus!!!lol
• isobell
October 7th, 2008 at 11:57 am

i no a girl called elanor in yr 7 dat luks like a duck billed platypus i aint jokin elanor if u ever go on this
n u c this take it !!!its true!!
• isobell 7 h
October 7th, 2008 at 11:58 am

that message woz 4 elanor i had 2 rite this so i cn tell her wot form im in!!!hahehahe am wettin ma self
• Bubblegum
October 17th, 2008 at 10:04 am

The kikapo is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute! I want to be a vet one day. Hopefully then I’ll be able
to see one for real
• Quinm Lighter
October 24th, 2008 at 11:12 am

I think your website is AWSOME keep on rocken!!


• andres
October 26th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

very interesting,thanks
• Rone
November 2nd, 2008 at 7:54 pm

These are indeed very strange.


But they’re interesting as well. Keep them off the endangerment list!
• Krase
November 5th, 2008 at 6:49 pm
The hairless ape is quite endangerd. What with more and more of us being born fewer resources and
space and the incredable amount of damage we do to the enviroment as well as biological and and
ceartin scientific “mistakes” make us threatrend.
• Louie Hatfield
November 12th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

gm7mdi2athldkhza
• poops
December 3rd, 2008 at 8:29 am

Top picture is an angler fish, the rest are monk fish.


• edc
December 4th, 2008 at 7:20 am

funny, dan.. I wish the atheist population would die, so that the internet would be free from self
righteous 14 year old posers.
• @edc
December 5th, 2008 at 12:00 am

Or adults who are intelligent enough to realize that we all use reason and empiricism to make decisions
in every aspect of our lives, and when you think about the existence of a god in those terms, it makes
no sense.
• Ash
December 8th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

I JUST LUV THAT KIWI I WISH I COULD DO SOMETHING


• gteeeeegryrg
December 9th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

the kiwi is so cute and so are you


• Jess
December 15th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Wonderful article, stupid redhead reference. That was bashful and definitely not needed.
• alberto
December 18th, 2008 at 9:32 am

what is Slovenia that some people are talking about?


u mean Slovakia? part of Czecho-Slovakia?
• steve
December 19th, 2008 at 4:41 am

could anyone tell me where Hercegovenia is? i live in Croatia and i know about Slovenia and

Herzegovina but never heard of the mix of those two?


• Illy Hasstorm
December 19th, 2008 at 6:49 am
The Kakapo is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• sticky
December 23rd, 2008 at 7:38 am

that’s the thing about Americans,British,and the rest of the world.. when they write an article,talk and
they have to mention croatia,slovenia,serbia or bosnia and herzegovina,for some reason, they have NO
fucking idea what are they writing or talking about…croatia,slovenia,serbia… it’s all the same.. …it’s

all Yugoslavia… LOL


i found that very amusing since they just CAN’T find the way to put us on a map with the rest of the
world.. they somehow JUST DON’ T KNOW where we are.. and maybe,just maybe some of them are

that enthusiastic and actually try to find us on the map.. but they don’t know where to look.. and
so they lived in ignorance happily ever after..
p.s. @ ALBERTO. no, they don’t mean slovakia.. slovakia is a country in Central and Danubian
Europe,whit it’s capital city Bratislava..and NO.. it’s not part of the Czecho-Slovakia..it used to be part

of Czecho-Slovakia..but it’s not anymore.. since 1993..


on the other hand Slovenia is a…well, you find it yourself.. and I warmly suggest you do.. and be a
little less ignorant then others…
p.p.s. all of this is just my humble opinion… if anyone found himself offended,accept my apologies in
advance..

and by the way…the article is great .. keep up the good work..


MARRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
• Comedie
December 23rd, 2008 at 9:48 am

I thought this article was very informative.

Also to those of you who have found some sort of offense to the whole ‘hairless aquatic ape’ deal… the
Dictionary is your friend and if you don’t have a dictionary, Dictionary.com will also suffice. ((I’m
talking to you Frances.))

The end comment was suppose to be a ‘har har’ type of comment to get you all to react. And the red-
headed step child comment is a nod to comedians and southpark references. Hey at least he didn’t say
Gingers or something. Hehehe.

Oh well… nobody can change the world but at least you know what not to step on/shoot when you’re
out in the wilderness.
• karthick
January 9th, 2009 at 2:40 am

hai guys this is our life and habitat we cant change any thing
• Donna
January 9th, 2009 at 5:41 pm
Sloths hunt in packs? All the better to corner the most tender leaves, no doubt.
• ng hui yan
January 18th, 2009 at 1:42 am

it is so strange and interesting i wish to learn more i love it


ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooo much
• cummon to me now
January 19th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

like omg why are you people talkig about science when you could be partying some where. i liked the
ape bc they are sexi. dont ask. why do u people waste your time typying some stuff about science lets
start a conversations jezzz i mean scice now cum on omg i so didnt mean that this so embarrressing i
love not talking about science its amazing i like that stuff not really but people really take my speach
seriously science isnt everything
Tottles
• hajipaya
January 28th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Number 16 does it simply for its name…DUGONG!!!!! Too awsome.


• melany
February 12th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

i dont liken it
• Jim
February 25th, 2009 at 11:47 am

i have to say i like the aye aye. i dont know anything about them aside from mentioned here. and the
small bats are neat to. but i liked the site good job
• gavin couzens
February 27th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I am an indigenous man of australia and I have seen and been in contact with many
platypus/echidnas/kangaroo and near all creatures here in this country
my deity is the wedged tailed eagle and my native companion is the white cockatoo this site allows me
to stay in touch with what is going down in terms of animal welfare and when I”m not happy with the
goverments handling of an animal issue then they know that I will come down hard on them and lobby
the general for support this I do of my own free will (fantastic pics and I love the site)thank you from
Trawalla (G.C)
• liam
March 3rd, 2009 at 6:03 am

i think it is so cool sume of the animals r so cool


• ali
March 4th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

OMG THEY ARE ALL SO FLIPING CUTE!!!!


-nevershoutnever! lover-
• Jessica
March 6th, 2009 at 7:13 am

i think that a lot of these animals are interesting but very interesting, I love these animals and i wish
that more ppl new about them.
• hello
March 24th, 2009 at 8:17 am

thisissocool. ilovethepictures!
• ehsan(persian boy)
April 4th, 2009 at 7:22 am

i love pictures.they are very very good.good luck


• Young L
April 8th, 2009 at 8:22 am

This website has sum good info. humans fuckin suck for letting these animals decline to their state of
endangerment. i want to help save these wonderful creatures before its too late. Whoever created this
website definately earned sum cool points from from me! ps post sum more cool shit! GREAT
WEBSITE!

Duces!
• donny ardalando
April 20th, 2009 at 8:07 am

Well….Nice info here….


From all of the comment, why there’s no an expert in animal world, because all of the comment post
here’s are talking nonsense at all.But gladly there’s one explanations about the Yugoslavia and stuff.
Well, by the way, the last post about aquatic hairless apes, I thing it’s funny, the writer has a sense of
humor after all instead of serious talk, well, keep in goin’ brother…..
• kelsey
April 20th, 2009 at 8:25 am

hey i am a 6th grader in pa i have been reachering about anamails and y they are diappearing and i
think that this is very great for have this site beacuse this world dont give a shit about what is
happening and all they do is think about money and sex and cars . well when they are thinking of this
we are not going to sit back and wacth that i cant . and i wont the poor anamils are disappering and no
one cares
people need to realize what is happening to the world . if i had one wish i wish that
all the anamals could survive and that all the people who just sat there would disapear

like martin luther king said i will say


I HAVE A DREAM ………………….
please dont let this happen !
• alicia
April 21st, 2009 at 2:43 pm
ew o-o buh i feel bad i guess xD
• THE MAN
April 22nd, 2009 at 7:10 pm

i want a platypus so bad…..that wierd fish thing that looks like it has a light on its nose looks like a
deformed pirahna.
• dont worry about my name
April 27th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

all of you are sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooo


nice to the animals the animals love you and it was very interesting
• kenneth
May 6th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I REALY LOVE ANIM ALS….BUT I DONT HAVE 1 EIHTER…..GREAT ARTICLE….BUT A


DUMB COMMENTS…FEW…(HEY,,, IM TALKING TO SOMEBOBY WHO’S NO WISDOM
BOUT EXISTENCE)…SORRY GUYS….IM JUST CONCERN…
• tosh
May 7th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

i absolutely love this web sit, i agree, we should totally save the animals, i am doing science fair project
on endangered species, and id love to save them!

SAVE THE ANIMALS!


• Caesar
May 8th, 2009 at 6:42 am

Those of you who are saying 3/4th of the human populations should be killed or comments degrading
humans should consider this.

YOU. ARE. HUMAN.

You know who else advocated the destruction of the human race? (I admit he only advocated the
destruction and genocide of a few select sub races, but the point stands.)

HItler.

Consider that.
• Abbey x
May 14th, 2009 at 1:48 am

Omfg This Is So Cool !!!!


• T-Man
May 15th, 2009 at 8:19 am

I think my teacher is fucking dumb


• Eliza
May 18th, 2009 at 11:34 am

What weird animals!


• Eliza
May 18th, 2009 at 11:36 am

What weird animals!


ssssssseeeeeeerrrrooooouuuuiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssllllllllyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• jack
May 23rd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

WOW! nice pictures I have never seen those animals before


• Animal luver
May 27th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

These poor animals are dying mainly because of us humans from pollution to killing them just because
you think they taste good. Animals deseve a right to be as high up on the same level as humans they are
just like family. Scientists say we evolved from apes and they are animals but they can live in peace but
humans can’t always in wars with each other and killing their kind and ours. Eating THEM is just like
eating YOUR own FAMILY MEMBER. THINK ABOUT THAT THE NEXT TIME YOU DECIDE
TO EAT MEAT!
• Bob
May 28th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Judging from the way the majority of humans behave, I am ashamed of being human.

Sometimes, I think that caring, conscientious humans need to be put on the endangered list. They are
clearly outnumbered and regularly threatened by the rapidly breeding, uncomprimisingly aggressive,
and entirely selfserving dunderthals. I do believe that we have a plague affecting the dunderthals, that
being obesity, at least in our country anyway. It just doesnt kill fast enough for my preferences.

I enjoy reading about wierd animals living or extinct. Nothing is more fascinating than true life. Eh,
never mind, lets build another subdivision.
• keith
June 2nd, 2009 at 12:58 pm

If humans are just another animal species, then it is just a natural phenomena if we kill off all these
endangers creatures.

For a species that is so awful, it is interesting that we are the only ones known to make such values
judgements on ourselves and other animals.
• bobmarley
June 2nd, 2009 at 4:50 pm

ROFL THE HOODED SEAL


• sir pilkington
June 29th, 2009 at 6:48 am

i’ve seen stranger


• PETA luverr
July 5th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I luv PETA!! People


Eating
Tasty
Animals

)) yummy
• PETA luverr
July 7th, 2009 at 10:16 am

oh and btw.. Caesar is absolutely right! Thank you for saving me some typing energy!
• rebecca
July 7th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

wow quite good info i must say. i have seen half of these animals face to face as a wild life expert and
must say that they are extraordinary. one of the rarest animals i have seen is the Mekong River Dolphin
and i must say that it was a wonderful experience diving with one as there are less than 100 left in the
world and that they are in the breach of extinction. i must say that my favourite one that i have seen has
been extinct for some time now and that is the dodo it was such a wonderful animal.

well what can i say lets do our bit to save these animals.

best wishes

Rebecca
wild life expert
• India Delhi Hotels
August 25th, 2009 at 5:25 am

really very interesting and imazing…………….


• JC
December 25th, 2009 at 12:07 am

Nice list and interesting information. I know for a fact though that echidnas are not Edentates. If you’re
talking about orders in which animals belong. They dont have teeth but they are not in that order. I
think you just meant ant-eaters, sloths, and armadillos, and they are called Xenarthrans now because
sloths actually do have teeth, and quite big canines if I do say so myself. Also I am almost 100%
positive that there are only 2 species of echidnas the short beaked and long beaked not 4 species. Also
its says sloths hunt in packs? They’re folivores/frugivores so do they hunt trees? Doesn’t really make
all that much sense.
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